Swami's Birthday - Activity

You are My Everything (Song)
offering of birthday song by the Balvikas, Tamilnadu

Our beloved Swami’s birthday is fast approaching. On this occasion, we, the Balvikas of Tamilnadu, are humbled to offer ‘You are My Everything’, a special birthday song for our Prema Swaroopa!

Let us make this November 23rd more special by learning the song from the audio given. Balavikas students can learn the song and sing it while cutting the cake for our Swami. Swami’s birthday can be celebrated at home with family or at Balvikas centres. One can even plan a visit to an orphanage or old age home and cut a cake for Swami and distribute the cake and spread joy to the inmates there. What a lovely way to celebrate! As Swami has always said “Always be Happy! Happy! Happy!”

Lyrics :

  • Twameva Maataa Cha Pitaa Twameva
  • Twameva Bandhuscha Sakhaa Twameva
  • Twameva Vidya Dravinam Twameva
  • Twameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva

  • You are my Mother You are my Father
  • You are my Family Closest Friend I have
  • You are my Wisdom and my Wealth
  • You are my Everything Lord of Lords

  • Happy Birthday Dear Saima (2)
  • Happy Birday Beloved Baba (2)
  • Happy Birthday Beloved Swami
  • Happy Birthday Beloved Sai

  • Twameva Maataa Cha Pitaa Twameva
  • Twameva Bandhuscha Sakhaa Twameva
  • Twameva Vidya Dravinam Twameva
  • Twameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva

Sai Ranger drama
(A SKIT HIGHLIGHTING the IMPORTANCE OF upholding good values)


Value based role plays and dramas are effective and interesting methods of teaching values to children. When the children enact the play, they learn first-hand about the importance of upholding good values.

Let us celebrate our beloved Swami’s birthday by enacting meaningful roleplays and dramas. To make this easy, we are happy to present the script and audio of the drama entitled “The Sai Rangers”.

The hero of this drama is controlled by the six Shadripus namely, Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada and Matsarya. He is lead to the path of self-destruction only to be later saved by the “Sai Rangers” who are the personification of the five core values Sathya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema and Ahimsa. The hero later transforms and understands the importance of Trikarna Shudhi - the unity of thought, word and deed and the true meaning of Educare!

Sathyam vadah Dharmam Chara Drama
(A skit highlighting importance of truth and morality)


Value based role plays and dramas are effective and interesting methods of teaching values to children. When the children enact the play, they learn first-hand about the importance of upholding good values.

Let us celebrate our beloved Swami’s birthday by enacting meaningful roleplays and dramas. To make this easy, we are happy to present the script and audio of the drama entitled, “Sathyam Vada Dharmam Chara”. This drama highlights the importance of truth and righteousness in one’s life.

Ajay, the protagonist of this drama is caught in a web of lies and deceit. Later, he is sent to Sai Niketan, an ashram where the poor are given free treatment. A few incidents here , helps him to see life from a new perspective. He soon understands the importance of human values and transforms into a better person!

Sarva Dharma Naama Nruthyamaala
Group Dance by Balvikas Children

The dance, Sarva Dharma Naama Nruthya Maala is based on 'Sarva Dharma Prayer (Om Tat Sat)', written by Acharya Vinobha Bhave which emphasizes the unity of all religions.

Swami has said it is important for all faiths to co-exist and flourish. Respecting all the faiths and learning to live in harmony is the underlying need for peace, unity and prosperity.

Children can be taught the meaning of this prayer song and the 36 names of God given in the prayer, with the help of the dance video.

Through the powerful artistic medium of dance, let us stimulate the inner conscience to understand and spread the universal message of love, peace and unity!

Keshadi Paadam Thozhuden


Jnana Bhoomiyile


Dandaalayya Dandaalayya

This song echoes every devotee’s humble offering of one crore salutations, to our beloved Swami. The lyrics of the song conveys an ardent devotee’s prayer to Swami requesting Him to give us a promise that He will be by our side during thick and thin. The devotee is happy with Swami’s kind words and compassionate glances. No amount of wealth or material possessions can ever replace this. The devotee understands the sacrifices Swami has made in this Avatar to protect all those who come to Him seeking refuge. Swami, the epitome of compassion, is always there to wipe our tears and to hold us with His blessing hands.

This peppy mood-elevating song with a folk touch, is sure to bring joy to the singers as well as to the listeners! The song can be used to choreograph a dance for the students as well. It is very apt for all age groups!

Loka Samastha


HUMAN VALUE CHAIRS


PLAYERS :Group II, Group III Children or parents

VALUES INCULCATED
  • To make people understand the importance of values in life
  • To make people aware of the problems arising when there is a lack of values

MATERIALS REQUIRED:
  • Marker,Cello tape
  • Papers/Chart
  • Music Player

PREPARATORY EFFORT:
  • Attach to the back of each chair a paper listing a different value-based word

GAME:
  • This game is played in the same way as ‘Musical Chairs’ but with ‘Human Values’ chairs.
  • Arrange the chairs in a circle. Make sure the number of chairs is always 1 less than the number of participants
  • The participants run around when the music starts
  • When the music stops, participants sit on a vacant chair
  • Remove 1 chair for the next round
  • The participant who has to leave the game (because there is no vacant chair to sit) must remove the value attached to that chair and speak about what that particular value means to him/her and what it would be like in the absence of that value.
  • The last participant remaining in the game wins.

IF THE QUOTATION INSPIRES YOU, PUT IT INTO PRACTICE


PLAYERS :Group II, Group III Children or parents

VALUES INCULCATED

  • To make people learn valuable quotations and inspire them to put it into practice.
  • To practice listening to others.
  • To improve memory.

MATERIALS REQUIRED:

  • A set of ‘Inspiring Quotations’ cards.
  • Pieces of cloth to blindfold the participants.

PREPARATORY EFFORT:

  • Gurus should make set of cards on “Inspiring Quotations”

Example:
  • First be, then do + then tell
  • God is the doer + we are the instruments
  • Help ever + hurt never
  • Love all + serve all
  • Love is giving + and forgiving
  • Service to man + is service to God
  • There is only one God + and He is omnipresent
  • There is only one religion + the religion of love
  • There is only one caste + the caste of humanity

GAME:

  • This game is better played in a big area.
  • The participants spread around the place and the moderator gives 1 half quote slip to each.
  • Participants to memorise the quote.
  • They blindfold themselves, turn in circles to lose the way.
  • At the call “Start” the participants should try to find their half quote by repeating theirs in sweet and low voice.
  • Children can move around with their hands stretched so that they don’t dash against anyone.
  • As soon as they find their partner they should uncover their eyes and must go to the guru to report it.
  • The guru to check the quote. If there is a mistake, they blindfold themselves and go back to the game.
  • The first pair wins.
  • But the game should be played until everybody finds his/her partner.
  • At the end, each pair should represent his/her quote in front of the participants.
  • The guru must emphasise the importance of putting the message into practice in our daily lives and not to be “blindfolded”!

THE INNER BEAUTIFUL DICTIONARY


PLAYERS :Group III Children or parents

VALUES INCULCATED

  • To expand imagination.
  • To inspire people using beautiful words.
  • To enhance the power of comprehension.

MATERIALS REQUIRED:

  • A dictionary.
  • 1 pen and 1 paper per participant.
  • Timer

PREPARATORY EFFORT:

  • Gurus should prepare list of positive words (always select value-based words, feelings, good qualities, etc.)

Example:

  • Peace, Unity, Spirit, Self, Divinity, Service

The guru should give one example to make the participants understand the game:

  • SOUL – ‘The part of the person which is not their body. It remains intact after the body dies’

GAME:

  • The participants should sit in a circle.
  • The guru explains that everyone has an inner beautiful dictionary inside and the game will remind one to put into practice.
  • Then she/he whispers different “abstract value-based” words to each participant (1 word each).
  • The participants are given 1 minute to describe the word similar to what is given in a dictionary, on their paper; none should speak out the word.
  • When finished, the moderator asks the participants to read their descriptions (no one can announce the word) while the rest should guess the word.
  • Children can move around with their hands stretched so that they don’t dash against anyone.
  • The first one to find out the correct answers gets 1 point.
  • The top scorer announced as winners
  • At the end of a round, the guru can read the description of the word from a dictionary.

SEE GOOD, DO GOOD, BE GOOD


PLAYERS : Group I Children

VALUES INCULCATED

  • To develop sense of discrimination
  • To improve concentration
  • To develop Alertness
  • To imitate good deeds
  • To encourage children to ‘see good, hear good, do good and be good’

MATERIALS REQUIRED:

  • 1 pen and 1 paper per participant.
  • List of Good Action words and bad action words
  • Mira says …. Smile (Good)
  • Mira says …. Jump (Good)
  • Mira says …. Sit (Good)
  • Mira says …. Stand (Good)
  • Mira says …. Get angry (Bad, children should sit down and cover their eyes with hands)
  • clap (G), raise your left hand(G), put down(G), push (B)
  • dance (G), eat (G), kick your friend (B),
  • drink milk (G), do namaste (G), shout (B)
  • laugh (G), pray God (G), be rude (B)
  • touch your feet (G), stand straight (G), raise both your hands (G), hop (G), being lazy(B)
  • comb your hair(G), trim your nails(G), wash your hands(G), brush your teeth(G), wear dirty clothes(B)

PREPARATORY EFFORT:

  • The guru should explain that it is a game of ‘Imitating the good acts’ and ‘Not following the bad acts’
  • The guru should also emphasize the importance of ‘Seeing good, doing good actions and to be good in character’ by using the inner sense of discrimination. Basically follow the path of Righteousness.

GAME:

  • Children stand in a semicircle or in a straight line.
  • The guru says aloud a command and the children will have to act accordingly.
  • When a command is about a ‘Good action’, they should perform it.
  • When a command is about a ‘Bad action’, they should not follow it and sit immediately on the floor, covering eyes with both hands till the next ‘Good action’ is given’
  • The last child sits on the floor or follows the ‘Bad action’ leaves the game
  • The game continues till only one player is left, who is the winner.

KEEPING THE VALUE, BURSTING THE VICE BALLOONS


PLAYERS : Group II & Group III children

VALUES INCULCATED

  • To help children to understand the Human Values: Peace, Love, Non-violence, Right Conduct and Truth.
  • To discriminate values against the vices.
  • To realise that by conquering and bursting the vices, happiness is naturally achieved.

MATERIALS REQUIRED:

  • 4 balloons and strings per child (the colour should be such that elders can write on the balloons)
  • 1 marker
  • Music Player (optional)

PREPARATORY EFFORT:

  • The guru should speak about the importance of Human Values in life to be happy.
  • Explain that the game will help them to use the inner sense of discrimination and burst the vices, enemies of man.

GAME:

  • Divide the children in two teams.
  • Each child is given 4 blown up balloons alternating Human Values (Peace, Love, Non Violence, Right Conduct or Truth) and Vices (Lust, Anger, Greed, Delusion, Pride or Jealousy). The guru should make sure that each team is given same quantity of balloons with Human Values and Vices.
  • The participants are asked to ties them around their own legs and arms. If any balloon is burst by that time, the guru may give a new one.
  • No talking is allowed.
  • When the music starts, the participants are given the order to burst the Vices balloons of his/her team by sitting on the balloons.
  • none is allowed to burst the balloons with hands or other parts of body
  • none is allowed to burst their own balloons
  • child should keep carefully the balloons with Human Values
  • none is allowed to interact with others
  • As soon as the music stops, the children should stop bursting the balloons. (The Guru can give ample time before the music is stopped)
  • The Guru will check both the teams. The Guru will give one point for every balloon that has Human values in it and a negative point for the balloons with vices.
  • The team with maximum points will be the winner!

KEEPING THE HAPPY BALLOONS


PLAYERS : Group I & Group II Children

VALUES INCULCATED

  • To help children to discriminate between good and bad attitudes
  • To make children understand that by eliminating bad attitudes, happiness is achieved

MATERIALS REQUIRED:

  • 4 balloons and strings per child (the colour should be such that elders can write on the balloons)
  • 1 marker
  • Music Player (optional)

PREPARATORY EFFORT:

  • The guru should speak about the importance of good attitudes in life to be happy.
  • Explain that the game will help them to use the inner sense of discrimination and burst all the bad attitudes.

GAME:

  • Divide the children in two teams.
  • Four blown up balloons tied around each child’s legs and wrists by the gurus.
  • Children should close their eyes, while the gurus go around them and quickly make alternative drawings of smiling or sad faces on the balloons (on each team there should be half balloons with smiling faces and half with sad faces)
  • Children now open their eyes.
  • Start the music, while each team should burst their team mates balloons with sad faces by sitting on them
    • none is allowed to burst the balloons with hands or other parts of body
    • none is allowed to burst their own balloons
    • child should keep carefully the balloons with Human Values
    • child should keep carefully the balloons with smiling faces
  • The first team losing all the balloons with sad faces should shout: “Happy! Happy!” and the music stops.
  • The guru totals only the blown up balloons left, on each team; Each smiling face = 1 point/ Each sad face = -1 point!

Always be happy (Best out of Waste)


Ever wondered what makes us truly happy ?

Happiness, which is a state of mind with positive and pleasant emotions, can be felt in many ways. The smell of the rain, the sight of blossoming flowers, the sunset – these and more are a source of happiness to us in our everyday lives. As Nature, we too can trigger happiness in others in inumerable ways - help, love, share, care for others and so forth.

Swami often says, “Always Be Happy! Happy! Happy”. According to Swami, we should be happy and make others happy. This will make God happy! What a simple mantra to make this world a better place!

Here is an activity video that will bring joy to a place. It shows how to make a wall hanging with foam sheets and old CDs. This wall-hanging with smileys, hung at Balvikas Centres or at home is sure be a constant reminder of Swami’s message on happiness.